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10 February, 2009

Aging prisoners in US jail yearn for freedom

News Feature
New America Media

CORONA, Calif. – Last month, prisoner Number W 41465 passed away, her greatest wish unfulfilled: to die a free person.

Eighty-eight years old, nearly blind and deaf, her mind enfeebled by Alzheimer’s and in the terminal stages of kidney failure, Helen Loheac had hoped to spend her last days at Crossroads, Inc., a transitional home for formerly incarcerated women in Claremont, Calif. For 10 years, Crossroads had been waiting to take her in. MORE

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